History is pretty clear about that. While the "for profit" was included in the 1970 legislation in order to get it to pass, no one really expected it and, in fact, the expectation was Amtrak would die within about five years. It is not 1971 any more, and the track record over the last 48 years shows that the real expectation is basically that Amtrak run the required services in as business-like and efficient manner as possible (they often don't, but that is another story), but Amtrak IS expected to provide those services. Congress has always gotten up in arms about Amtrak one way or another, pro or con. As Neorden and other posters have pointed out, Amtrak is a creature of Congress and the bottom line is Congress controls however much they what they want to control when it comes to Amtrak. The Senate has made very clear that they want to maintain the National Network. And Amtrak ultimately will follow the Golden Rule, he who has the gold makes the rules. Congress has asked and answered that question every year for 48 years by approving the Amtrak subsidy, it isn't a new question.